Where does the Humane Society of Harford County get its funding?

The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC), Inc. is not a department of Harford County Government nor do we receive any funding from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Many people think we are a branch of HSUS because the words “Humane Society” are in our name, but actually we are an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and do not receive funding from them. Please donate locally!

Our operating expenses are just over one million dollars annually. We receive 45% of this funding from Harford County Government as a fee for services provided. HSHC is contracted as an open admission shelter taking in all animals from the Harford County community through the government’s division of Animal Control and from the general public. More than 60% of the animals brought to our facility are stray Harford County animals. While we are not yet a no-kill shelter, we’re working hard to increase our live release rate through aggressive adoption promotions and other innovative programs, with help from caring friends like you!

We must generate $550,000 per year just to keep our doors open. We can’t keep our animals fed and warm, keep the lights on, or provide veterinary care without your financial support. All donations to The Humane Society of Harford County are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

We have done a great job during the past year examining our business practices and have been able to decrease our expenses in a number of areas.  Expenses in other areas, however, have continued to skyrocket, especially with the opening of our new, 19,000 square foot facility.

We are in need of community support now more than ever! Please help us to help the stray, abused and homeless animals of Harford County by making a tax-deductible contribution today.